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With the presence and inaugural launch of former Big Leagues, Panamanian Mariano Rivera will begin this Monday, February 4, the 61st edition of the Caribbean Series, which will take place in the Rod Carew State in the city of Panama, after 59 years.
Rivera, who was confirmed this Sunday by the event's organization, will make the honor launch previous the game between the Charros de Jalisco and the Cardinals of Lara, second game on the professional baseball tournament first date
"Mariano Rivera will launch the first ball previous the game of Mexico and Venezuela," the organizers' statement said.
The honor launch ceremony is scheduled at 7:00 pm local time (00:00 GMT).
Rivera, who is the greatest Majors' closer with 652 saves, must arrive tomorrow to his native country, to be in the tournament opening ceremony.
The organizers informed that the player previous the opening event, at 18:00 local time (23:00 GMT), will appear before the press that covers the championship.
The 49-year-old Panamanian played 19 seasons in the Major Leagues with the New York Yankees and was unanimously selected as part of the 2019 class at the US Baseball Hall of Fame in July.
Charros and Cardenales, group A of the championship, will start actions at 20:00 local time (01:00 GMT on Tuesday).
Previous to the honor launch made by "Mo" Rivera, the current two-time Puerto Rican champion (Cangrejeros de Santurce) will face the Dominican Republic (Estrellas Orientales).
Puerto Rico arrives in Panama with their eyes on the third championship, with Carmelo Martinez to the front.
The last triple championship in a Caribbean Series was achieved by the Dominican Republic when they won the titles in 1997, 1998 and 1999 editions.
"I think we have a chance because we have a young team with a little experience and they are willing to win. They want to make history, we know this can happen, the important aspect is to keep us alive and healthy," added Martinez, to the Puerto Rican media before traveling to Panama.
Martinez will send left-hander Jonathan Sanchez to the mound.
The Dominicans, with the former big leaguer Fernando Tatis in the first game, will try to change the course of history and hit first in the tournament.
This job of restraining the Puerto Ricans will be the responsibility of left-hander Nestor Cortes, whom Tatis has given the ball to open the first game.
Boricuas and Dominicans belong to the tournament's Group B, which is completed by Toros de Herrera (Panama), who will rest tomorrow.
The "Play Ball" voice of this first meeting will be given at 3:00 pm local time (23:00 GMT).
The Caribbean Series returns to Panama after 59 years, because Venezuela, which is in the middle of a crisis, could not officiate and according to the commissioner of the Caribbean Professional Baseball Confederation (CBPC), Juan Francisco Puello, to make it in Panama it is a "miracle."